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Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition in Kaohsiung, Taiwan by Gianluca Milesi Architecture

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Article source: Gianluca Milesi Architecture

Architecture as an expression of changing times

Kaohsiung city is a port and, as many other ports is in a situation of changing. The reasons of this changing have been very well analysed by many.. factories that move their production somewhere else. the decreasing of the traffic on the sea.. and many others depending on the particular locations. New York and London already provided, at least partially, to reconvert the unused piers or the part of the city close to the sea or the river previously dedicated to the maritime traffic to other destinations and a different life. The case of Kaohsiung is somehow similar, but there is a difference in the conception of the changing and the strategy related. Many cities just dismissed their piers and their warfs because they were useless and decided to dedicate these part of the city to new and different destinations.

Port and Cruise Service Center

  • Architects: Gianluca Milesi Architecture
  • Project: Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition
  • Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Software used: The projects are redacted using mostly 3dstudio max with the eventual contribution of autocad, with different renderings engines, in particular we have used mental ray.

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Hanging Hotel by Decodeine

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Article source: Decodeine

The following project commissioned by Holden Manz & FOCUS gallery Cape Town, situated in South France Massif de L’ Esterel, uses architecture to dictate and choreograph our perceptions of immediate contexts and environments.

The hanging platforms offer a rest for rock climbers, a pause enabling them to enjoy the views and environment for a longer period before setting off on their journey once more. The surfaces are partly embedded partly protruding from the existing rock face structure. A grid of borehole foundations injected into the rock face expand into the existing granite, clamping the main body of the structure into the façade.

Site context

  • Architects: Decodeine
  • Project: Hanging Hotel
  • Software used: CATIA and Maya

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A054 Dwellings Blaricummermeent in Blaricum, The Netherlands by Casanova+ Hernandez Architects

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Article source: Casanova+ Hernandez Architects

The project “Black & White Twins” experiments with the spatial and visual integration of compact collective housing solutions in the new exclusive urban development of Blaricummermeent, which is mainly formed by single-family houses and villas. The twin buildings provide affordable apartments within small-scale housing blocks, four levels high, minimizing the footprint of the intervention, the volume of the buildings and therefore their physical impact in the residential area.

Image Courtesy Christian Richters

  • Architects: Casanova+ Hernandez Architects
  • Project: A054 Dwellings Blaricummermeent
  • Location: Blaricum, The Netherlands
  • Programme: 29 Apartments
  • Client: Blauwhoed Eurowoningen
  • Project By: casanova + hernandez architects
  • Main Architects: Helena Casanova, Jesus Hernandez
  • Main Responsible For The Development: Thomas Been
  • Design Team: Robert Taapken, Rutger Huiberts, Marta Marotta, Isabel Illanes Yerón, Robbert van de Straat, Pablo Viña
  • Software used: Autocad, Skechtup and Photshop.

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Sint-Martinus in Sint-Truiden, Belgium by Lensass Architects

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Article source: Lensass Architects

The medieval character of the former inn from 1650 – presently a store –, as well as its original timber framing on the back side, has been fully restored. This very particular building technique, which continued to be used in Limburg for a long time, uses the recycled wood of torn-down buildings. Inscriptions, as well as old mortise and tenon connections testify of the re-use.

Sint-Martinus

  • Architects: Lensass Architects
  • Project: Sint-Martinus
  • Location: Sint-Truiden, Belgium
  • Software used: Bentley Microstation and the Adobe CS

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Deck over a roman site in Cartagena, Spain by Amann-Canovas-Mauri

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Article source: Amann-Canovas-Mauri

The building is essentially a cover protecting the remains of a Roman assembly (thermal baths, forum and domus) in the archaeological site of Molinete Park in Cartagena, Spain.

This cover is certainly another piece in the historic area of Cartagena whose main architectural challenge is to reconcile very different architectures; from the roman time, passing through baroque to nowadays, making all the interventions vibrate together in the neighborhood. It is a transition element, between very diverse urban conditions: in size, material and structure; from the dense city centre to the sloping park.

Image Courtesy David Frutos

  • Architects: Amann-Canovas-Mauri
  • Project: Deck over a roman site
  • Location: Cartagena, Spain
  • Situación: PARQUE DEL MOLINETE. CARTAGENA MURCIA
  • Dates: Project: October2008.-July2009
  • Construction: september2010-november2011
  • Authors: Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas, Nicolás Maruri
  • Team: Nacho Álvarez-Monteserín, Javier Gutiérrez, Ana López, Pablo Sigüenza, José López
  • Photographer: David Frutos
  • Promoter: Cartagena Puerto de Culturas
  • Software used: autocad and photoshop and 3d studio

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My Cousin´s House in Oberpullendorf, Austria by Martin Mostböck Design Development

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Article source: Martin Mostböck Design Development

A Single-family residence with garden. 150 m2 living area, terrace, office, carport. House with controlled living space ventilation (passive house).
The residence was designed for doing-it-yourself. Shape, geometry and internal organisation are inspired by the movement of the inhabitants, the sun and the moon. The body and shape of the house are designed on one hand to open up big and broad windows on two facades to the garden to bring in as much light as possible to the living areas.

My Cousin’s House

  • Architects: Martin Mostböck Design Development
  • Project: My Cousin´s House
  • Location: Oberpullendorf, Austria
  • Floor area: app. 150,0 M2
  • Planning time: 2004 – 2005
  • Completion: 2010
  • Plot area: 665 m²
  • Building area: 128 m²
  • Building volume: 875 m³
  • Sustainability: Energy system: gas-calorific value boiler, Solar collector panels for warm water and heating Controlled living space ventilation – passive house
  • Type: Terrace, carport, office spaces
  • Budget: app. 225.000.- €
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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Prismatic Colours in Montreal, Canada by Jean Verville Architecte

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Article source: Jean Verville Architecte

In downtown Montreal, a loft for an artist who collects contemporary art and design objects is intended to be a tribute to creativity. Architect Jean Verville designed this unusual interior, which is both playfully colourful and sometimes a calm, peaceful white.

To satisfy a client who wants his home life to stimulate creativity and lead him to explore new avenues of work, Verville offers an environment that distils the essence of its owner. Using minimal interventions and simple materials, the architect awakens the senses and blurs the perception of the space.

Prismatic Colours

  • Architects: Jean Verville Architecte
  • Project: Prismatic Colours
  • Location: Montreal, Canada
  • Typology: Dwelling (loft)
  • Area: 1400 square feet
  • Year designed: 2011
  • Year built: 2011
  • Colours and finishes: M.F.B.B.
  • Architectural cabinetmaker: Pierre Daigle
  • Upholsterer: Salomon Del-Cid
  • Acrylic mirrors: Judith Lamour
  • Software used: Hand drawing, sketchup and autocad — with a very strong surveillance and coordination of work site.

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Confederação Nacional de Municípios in Brazil by OSPA

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Article source: OSPA

Since its inauguration, Brasília is present in the imagination of all of the modern architects. Besides all of the inherent symbolism, designing in Brasília presupposes a contextualization with its monumental scale. The architecture that makes Brasília unique, sometimes also makes it distant from the human being and its needs.

Confederação Nacional de Municípios

  • Architects: OSPA
  • Project: Confederação Nacional de Município
  • Location: Brazil
  • Software used: Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk 3ds max, Adobe Photoshop.

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Rain Architecture, Multiproposal gallery in Valdivia, Chile by Mauricio Silva Arquitectos

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Article source: Mauricio Silva Arquitectos

From the evolution that squares have experienced, there is a new way to use and exploit its inside: the galleries. The main function of these is to link the exterior and interior of the block from the gallery as a space for mediation and where public space is mixed with the commercial one. In Valdivia, a city where it rains most of the time, this type of space is an opportunity to experience the city throughout the year and revitalize the public space and local business.

Multiproposal gallery

  • Architects: Mauricio Silva Arquitectos
  • Project: Rain Architecture, Multiproposal gallery
  • Location: Valdivia, Chile
  • Site Building Area Size: 2500 mt 2
  • Type: mixed use (commercial, office, housing)
  • Area: 15300 mt2
  • Software used: Autocad and sketchup used for modeling, Artlantis, photoshop and illustrator for rendering and schemes. Ecotect addition to the building thermal modeling

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New High-tech Classroom Building in Decatur, Georgia by Lord Aeck & Sargent

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: Lord Aeck & Sargent

A serendipitous alignment of program, a compatible historic structure and creativity, have resulted in an environmentally sensitive, high-tech classroom building that is transforming the teaching and learning experience – along with the entire campus – at Columbia Theological Seminary.

The $8.2 million building, named the Vernon S. Broyles Jr. Leadership Center, connects a 20,500-square-foot repurposed historic dormitory built in 1932 with 16,000 square feet of new construction to create what is now the seminary’s primary classroom building and outdoor learning/gathering space. The structure – contemporary yet sensitive to the historic collegiate gothic architecture of the seminary’s other buildings – has become a focal point that anchors a previously nondescript but public corner of the campus.

New High-tech Classroom Building - © Jonathan Hillyer / Atlanta

  • Architects: Lord Aeck & Sargent
  • Project: New High-tech Classroom Building
  • Location: Decatur, Georgia
  • Software used: Designed in Revit. Renderings utilized Photoshop as well.

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